Renata Voracova will not be participating in the upcoming Australian Open because like Novak Djokovic, she is unvaccinated. She was deported and had her visa canceled. She has since spoken up about how she felt like a criminal by the Australian Border Force (ABF).
When she arrived in the country, she was initially allowed in with the help of her Medical Exemption. She even managed to play a game in Melbourne. But following the fallout from Djokovics visa cancellation, she was called back and was told that her visa was canceled.
She was detained in the same hotel as Djokovic. She left the country on Saturday.
When speaking to BBC News Russia, she said, I felt a little bit like a criminal, but there was no reason why I should feel like that. I sent all the documents. They were approved. If I knew there would be even a 1% chance of something not being right, I wouldnt go.
In an interview with the Russian publication, Denik, she said that she was made to undress during her detention and interrogation.
I was worried. I didnt feel safe until I was back home, nothing was certain, she said. It was as if I were watching a film a long interrogation with instructions such as undress, get dressed. Yuck, I dont even want to think about it, let alone live it again.
She also added that she was not aware that she was able to appeal as Djokovic had done.
Voracova gained support from the Womens Tennis Association (WTA).
The complications experienced over the past few days are unfortunate, the WTA said. Renata Voracova followed these rules and procedures, was cleared for entry upon her arrival, competed in an event, and then suddenly had her visa canceled when she had done nothing wrong.
We will continue to work with all authorities on addressing this unfortunate situation in an appropriate manner.
The organization, however, further impressed that they believed that all their players need to be vaccinated and that they were in support of the immigration policies that Australia has had in place.